If you’re a parent of kids who love soccer, you might be wondering how you can help them improve their skills. Dribbling is one of the most important skills in soccer, and it separates an amateur from a pro. The ability to the ball up the field and dodge any defenders is an important one. As such, dribbling drills are one of the most important drills to incorporate into your soccer drills training. But, where to start? Playform understands that it may be difficult to know how to begin, so we’ve put together this article to introduce you to some of the best soccer drills for kids.
Straight cone dribble drill
To become a dribbling expert, you should start with the basics. The straight cone dribble drill helps players to keep the ball at a short pace and improve their touch and control of the ball. The setup of this drill is easy. All you’ll need are 10 cones in a line, each between 0.8 to 1.5m apart. As the trainer, you stand by the sidelines and blow the whistle, signaling the start of the drill. The main objective of this drill is to maintain control of the ball and maneuver it around the cones. Players should also practice dribbling the ball with both feet, including the inside and outside of each foot.
Forth & back cone dribble drill
This next soccer drill helps to improve a player’s tenacity, fitness, and turns. Set up involves at least 5 cones on a straight line, between 4-5m apart. This drill comes in two parts. The first involves dribbling the ball in a straight line and the second involves dribbling through cones.
One on one controlled dribble drill
The next soccer drill for kids we’re going to mention is the one on one controlled dribble drill. The main skills to be practiced in this drill are ball control and handling. Start by setting up a 20m by 20m pitch using cones to mark the corners. Make two 4m goals at each end line. The game begins in the middle of the pitch, any player can start with the ball. Players must attempt to score by dribbling past the other player and kicking the ball between the goal cones. Once a goal has been scored, the other player starts with the ball from their end line. The winner is the quickest to score 3-5 wins depending on the coach’s preference.
Circular cone dribble drill
One of the best youth soccer drills is the circular cone dribble drill. This drill helps players to make quick touches and cut the ball around the circle area. Use 10 cones to set up a circle with a 5-10m radius. Each player must dribble the ball around the circle as many times as possible. Players should aim for speed whilst maintaining accuracy and control of the ball.
Random dribble drill
As the name suggests, the random dribble drill involves cones set up in random order. The goal is to help players make quick turns and maintain dribble speed to dodge their markers. Using as many cones as you can, create a setup of cones, ensuring they are set up irregularly at any chosen equidistance.
One against two dribble drill
If you want to help your kids in improving their confidence when passing, this soccer passing drill is perfect. This drill involves dribbling in either a 1 on 1 or 1 on 2 situations. With two different gates set up a few meters from the goal, two players must prevent the offensive players from passing whilst the others must try to get past the defensive players to score.
Round the cyclic cone dribble drill
Consistency and focus are key to being a good dribbler, and this drill helps to improve both skills. To set up this soccer drill, place one big cone in the center and at least 20 cones around it in a circular formation. The player must move through the circular arrangement until they reach the main cone in the middle when they turn around and repeat the process the opposite way. The key to this drill is maintaining speed and short touches on the ball.
Round the square dribble drill
This drill helps players to learn to protect their balls. Use four cones of different colors and place them on each side of the pitch. Each player must be standing by the cone. At a fast pace, each player must begin dribbling the ball around the cones using the inside of their foot. Once the coach blows the whistle, they switch to the other cone and repeat the exercise with the outside of their foot.
Musical dribble drill
It’s no secret that kids love music, so this fun musical drill is great for U6 and U12 players. The musical dribble drill helps players to practice their dribbling and ball control skills. Start by setting up a rectangular playing grid depending on the number of players. For example, if there are 10 players, there should be nine cones. The number of cones should always be less than the number of players. Players should complete this drill with their weaker foot, allowing them to improve their coordination with that foot. The players begin dribbling when the music starts and once it stops, they must dribble to the closest cone and knock it over with the ball. Those who don’t manage to knock over a cone are eliminated from the game, and a cone is removed from the game each round. The last player to remain in the grid is the winner!
Bulldog attack dribble drill
This enjoyable drill is the ideal U6 or 12 soccer drill. Young players will have fun whilst practicing their dribbling skills, so it’s a win-win! Players start on a rectangular grid with their own soccer ball. One player is outside of the grid without a ball, this player is known as the “bulldog”. 10-20 seconds into the game, the Bulldog enters the grid and must attempt to steal a soccer ball and kick it out of bounds. Once their ball, gets stolen, a player becomes a bulldog and must attempt to steal a ball from someone else. The last player who was able to protect their ball is the winner!
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